Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Review: Gatekeepers of the Grapevine by Jane Paterson

Set in the gorgeous vineyard valleys of Cape Town, South Africa, GATEKEEPERS OF THE GRAPEVINE follows the lives of three women as they navigate through their friendships and changing fortunes.

Elizabeth and Carolyn both live in the lavish gated community of Vintner’s Estate, but Carolyn is harboring a secret. When Elizabeth stumbles on the truth, she plots to use the information to her advantage unaware that her own life is soon to spiral out of control.

Then when Elizabeth’s sister, Sarah starts a design business, and quickly becomes the darling of Vintner’s Estate, this reversal of fortune threatens Elizabeth’s position with the other women. As Elizabeth battles to regain control, she discovers that her own life has been as much of a lie as Carolyn’s.

Kindle Edition
Published July 1st 2016 by RichPat Publishing and Marketing 
Genre: Womens Fiction

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received a digital copy of this book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

This book centred around a bunch of privileged white women who, with the exception of one, lived in the prestigious South African gated community of Vitner's Estate. I myself have never been to Cape Town or South Africa but I have friends who were there not long ago. It was interesting to read about it after hearing about the time that they spent there. I enjoyed the setting tremendously.

It has always astounded me how money, status and prestige can shape a person and it was made quite evident within the pages of this book. It showcased the darker side of power by showing some of the uglier aspects of wealth. Friendships with strings and back stabbing were plenty in this book.

I enjoyed getting to know all of the women in this book and for the most part I liked them. Of course there is always that one villain that we all love to hate. That was very evident with Elizabeth. She reminded me of that popular girl in high school that nobody really liked but everyone wanted to be friends with because of the benefits that came with it. Of course Elizabeth was an adult, with more money and power, and one of the biggest case of the "entitlements" that I have ever seen.

The women were all very different with very different life stories. There were buried secrets, hidden jealousy's and growing ambitions intermingled within the estate walls. Unravelling over a period of time, these women and there stories captured me and swept me away. I enjoyed every minute that I spent getting lost in the pages of this book. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending but thoroughly enjoyed getting there.

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